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Vanesa Mercado Diaz

MHR Student Uses Summer to Promote Women's Rights

Vanesa Mercado Diaz is a second year Master of Human Rights student with a concentration in women’s rights, migration and Latin America. This past summer, Vanesa worked within the Women’s Rights division at The Advocates for Human Rights, a nonprofit organization that works to change systems and conditions that cause human rights abuses around the world. We recently caught-up with Vanesa about her summer experience in the short interview below.
Audel Shokohzadeh

Alum Works to Strengthen Community-Government Relations in Minnesota

Audel Shokohzadeh is a Master of Public Policy Alumnus ('17) who graduated with a concentration in Economic Development. Audel also has a deep interest in human rights, and took a variety of human rights courses throughout his masters degree. Currently, Audel works as a Community Engagement Director at the Minnesota Department of Human Rights. We caught up with Audel to hear about his role, and how his human rights focus at the Humphrey School helped prepare him for this work.
Two straight lines of flag poles displaying United Nations member state flags extending up a grassy alley to the Palais des Nations

Human Rights Lab Prepares for Geneva Trip

A delegation of University of Minnesota faculty, researchers, students and alumni will be participating in a variety of research and outreach events at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva during the week of March 2-6, 2020. The week culminates with a public discussion by the Human Rights Lab on research ethics in faculty-student-practitioner partnerships. The visit coincides with two important sessions of the Human Rights Council and the Human Rights Committee.
Professor and Project Lead Alejandro Baer at Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Seeking Educational Justice for Indigenous Populations

This project is a Strategic Partnership facilitated through The Human Rights Lab. It examines whether and how public education functions as an arena for reparative justice in societies with a history of foundational violence perpetrated against its Indigenous population. George Dablo, a PhD Student working on the project, recently gave us an update into how the research is moving forward.